1. Visitors who plan to stay in Korea for longer than 90 days must obtain a visa before entering Korea.
2. Nationals of those countries or regions with which Korea has signed a visa waiver agreement can enter without a visa, on the condition that they do not engage in remunerative activities during their stay.
※ Canadians can enter the Republic of Korea without a visa for a stay of up to six months.
Countries under visa exemption agreement
June 15, 2011
Diplomatic (3 countries)
Turkmenistan (30 days), Ukraine (90 days), Uzbekistan (60 days)
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Commonwealth of Dominica, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela (Diplomatic/Official: 30 days, Ordinary: 90 days)
Europe (29 countries)
[Schengen countries (except for Slovenia out of the 25 Schengen countries)], Austria (Diplomatic/Official: 180 days), Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
※ Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden (180 days within 90 days. To renew, need to wait 6 months) ,Portugal (60days)
[Non-Schengen countries] Bulgaria, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Romania, Turkey, UK
Africa & Middle East (3 countries)
Israel, Liberia, Morocco
※ Italy: Despite visa exemption for a stay of up to 60 days under agreement, the reciprocity principle allows a stay of up to 90 days from June 15, 2003. ※ Japan: Visa exemption for a stay of up to 90 days for ordinary-passport holders based on exchange of note verbale. (Visa exemption agreement concluded for diplomatic and official-passport holders)
Nationals of countries or regions allowed for visa-free entry
Asia (6 countries)
Brunei(30 days), Hong Kong (90 days), Indonesia (diplomatic and official, 14 days), Japan (90 days), Macau (90 days), Taiwan (30 days)
America (8 countries)
Argentina (30 days), Canada (6 months), Ecuador (30 days), Guyana (30 days), Honduras (30 days), Paraguay (30 days), United States (90 days), Uruguay (30 days)
Bahrain (30 days), Egypt (30 days), Kuwait (30 days), Lebanon (diplomatic and official 30 days), Mauritius (30 days), Oman (30 days), Qatar (30 days), Saudi Arabia (30 days), Seychelles (30 days), South Africa (30 days), Swaziland (30 days), United Arab Emirates (30 days), Yemen (30 days)
※ Nationals of the above countries or regions are allowed up to 30 days of visa-free sojourn for tourism or visit. - Exceptions: Nationals of Canada are allowed up to 6 months, and nationals of Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Slovenia, and the United States are allowed up to 90 days.
3. Visa application should be made at Korean embassies or consulates abroad.
4. Visa applicants are required to submit passport, application forms, a recent passport-size color photograph, and other relevant documents as determined by their status of stay.
5. Visa fees are as follows: (Visa fees below are basic rates, so first contact the Korean embassy or consulate before applying for a visa)
A. Single entry visa for a stay of no more than 90 days: US$30 B. Single entry visa for a stay of more than 90 days: US$50 C. Multiple entry visa: US$80
Double entry visa: US$60 D. Prolongation of re-entry permit: US$20 ※ For citizens of the United States of America, multiple entry visa fee is US$45 on the basis of reciprocity since the mutual agreement in 1994. E. Exemption of visa fees (As listed below)
Countries or Regions
Italy, Japan, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine
All visas (Regardless of period of stay) ※ In case of UK, period of stay is restricted to 6 months or less.
Visas with a period of stay of under 90 days
Barbados, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Liberia, Peru
Visas issued to holders of diplomatic and official passports with a period of stay of 91 days or more
Visas issued to holders of diplomatic and official passports with a period of stay of 31 days or more
Stay under 59 days (temporary commercial or tourist purposes)
C-2 Visas of which the period of stay is no more than 90 days
D-2, D-4, D-7, D-8, D-9, E-7
Related site: www.hikorea.go.kr *HiKorea (www.hikorea.go.kr) stands for Government for Foreigners. This site provides comprehensive information for foreigners who want to visit or live in Korea, including guide on immigration to the Republic of Korea.